“5 quotes that show the true character of the Prophet Joseph”

Where the Restoration began

  This little item, published slightly more than a week ago on the 209th anniversary of Joseph's birth, represents much, much more that could be said in defense of his much-maligned good character: http://www.ldsliving.com/story/77567-5-insights-into-the-personality-of-joseph-smith?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popular&utm_content=pop2141226   … [Read more...]

Doing and Not Doing

He died in 1976, a Christian once more

  "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." Lin Yutang (d. 1976)    … [Read more...]

“Religious Values and Public Policy”

D. H. Oaks, Apostle and Attorney

  An important 1992 address by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Council of the Twelve: https://www.lds.org/ensign/1992/10/religious-values-and-public-policy?lang=eng#footnote7-92910_000_026 As relevant today as it was nearly a quarter of a century ago.   … [Read more...]

Common sense, physics, and God

Photo in the public domain

  "The ghostly presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and Christian belief . . . may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense understanding." Antony Hewish, British radio astronomer and 1974 Nobel laureate in … [Read more...]

Arabs and Israelis join to deal with an ecological issue

This map comes from Wikimedia Commons, so don't sue me.

  I love to post positive stories from the Middle East and the Islamic world.  Thanks to Allen Hansen for drawing my notice to this one.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 22-24

DS image from Wikimedia Commons

  John 2:1-13 Just a brief note, today, on the way, theologically, in which the gospel of John employs the miracles of of Jesus: Characteristically, John uses the term σημεῖον (semeion, "sign") to refer to the miraculous acts performed by Christ.  For example, in today's reading, at John 2:11, the gospel is summing up the story of the miracle of changing water into wine:  "This, the first of his signs [ταύτην . . . ἀρχὴν τῶν σημείων], Jesus did at C … [Read more...]

Atheist group slams university in Alabama because its chancellor recommended a video

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  The video in question is focused on Clayton Christensen, a very well known Latter-day Saint professor at Harvard Business School.  A link to it can be found in the article to which I provide a link below. One can debate, of course, whether an official at this particular university should have said the things that Chancellor Jack Hawkins said. But I think it quite unjust to say that, in the video, Professor Christensen (whom, for what it's worth, … [Read more...]

“Heavenly Ascents”

On St. Salvator's quad

  Curiously, I don't believe that I've ever mentioned David J. Larsen's very interesting blog here.  So, seeking to remedy that lack, and in the continuing hope of alerting interested readers to excellent Mormon thinking and writing, here it is: http://www.heavenlyascents.com   … [Read more...]